St-Laurent Lowlands

The St-Laurent Lowlands ecoregion covers 41,770 km2 across Quebec and Ontario. In 2006, it had 158 people per km2, making it Canada's third most densely populated ecoregion.

From 1971 to 2006, its population grew 31.4% to reach almost 6.6 million—a smaller increase than the 46.6% growth in the population of Canada over the same time period. In 2006, most inhabitants of the St-Laurent Lowlands were living in its main population centres of Ottawa–Gatineau, Montréal, Trois-Rivières and Québec.

In 2006, cropland and forests covered 80.8% of the St-Laurent Lowlands. Corn was the most widely planted crop in the St-Laurent Lowlands in 2006; the ecoregion accounted for 38.5% of the total corn crop­land in the country. The ecoregion was also a major producer of maple syrup in 2006, with 22.6% of Canada's maple tree taps.

As well, the St-Laurent Lowlands were home to a large number of pigs and dairy cows in 2006, accounting for 23.6% of the Canadian pig population and 32.9% of Canadian dairy cows.

Map 15.2 St-Laurent Lowlands ecoregion, Quebec and Ontario

Map 15.2 St-Laurent Lowlands ecoregion, Quebec  and Ontario

Source: Statistics Canada, Geography Division.

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